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Wu-Tang Forever [Explicit Lyrics]

Wu-Tang ClanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wu-Revolution
2. Reunited
3. For Heaven's Sake
4. Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don't...)
5. Visionz
6. As High As Wu-Tang Get
7. Severe Punishment
8. Older Gods
9. Maria
10. A Better Tomorrow
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Triumph
3. Impossible
4. Little Ghetto Boys
5. Deadly Medley
6. The City
7. The Projects
8. Bells Of War
9. The M.G.M.
10. Dog Sh*t
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

By this long-delayed, massively anticipated album, the Wu had become less a crew than a small country, with dozens of central and auxiliary members, and rap styles so twisted they seem like another, private language. Without even a hint of anything for radio or casual listeners to latch onto, Wu-Tang Forever sprawls out for nearly two hours, and--taken as pure sound--it's about the most avant-garde No. 1 album ever, with deliberately bizarre production (out-of-tune and off-rhythm loops, even what sounds like a string quartet) and relentless torrents of cryptic, furious words. It demands repeated listens and careful attention to begin penetrating the mysteries of this dense, passionate, unique piece of work. --Douglas Wolk

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did this " Fall off " term come from? September 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I just want to let you ALL know, Wu-tang clan has never " fallen off"? What you are calling " Falling" is simply the Wu-tang style metamorphasis. Let me break it down for all yall... If you have been a Wu fan for a while you will reconize what im talking about.. but heeeeeeeeeeeeere we gooooooo....
Their first style- probably the most trademark, The Kung-fu sampled, dark/ chamber style beats introduced by the infamous Rza. There are many examples of this - Enter the Wu, Cuban Linx, umm Liquid Swords, Pillage ( yuck).. anyway- this seems to be the most popular, and definetly was reconizable. The rugged beats with dark lyrics seemed to have faded away...
2nd style - THIS album - kind of their inbetween, its very weird, i can't really have a grasp on the sound they were going for on this album, we really caught them in the midst of experimentation - you can tell by such songs as, Older godz, Triumph ( kinda), MGM, Cash rules, Projectz especially, they were slightly leaning toward glamour and MGM type apollo sounds ; lyrics werent rugged, more of a ghetto pride, superior black supremist who obtains the glitter and glamour of money and respect --- SIDE NOTE: if you want to see the final result of this style, check out Ghostface killah - supreme clientele ( wow, great album- good job ghost)
3rd style ( cuz i only got 1,000 words)
now i like this the best, RZA did more experimenting with Soul, mo-town samples, with that classic Wu-sound mixed in... kind of hard to explain but you can see examples with " Hollow Bones" off " the W" and RZA - " Be a man" he kind of slowed down the beats, and made the lyrics more rugged like the first style, but it sounded tight mixed in with the samples.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Intro to Hip Hop July 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was 16 years old when this cd dropped, and I didn't listen to hip hop at all at the time. I was a skateboarder, and all I listened to was punk rock back then. I didn't really get the slang, styles, or concepts of hip hop; and I never really gave hip hop a chance before this cd came out. However, I do remember a lot of my friends telling me how nice The Wu were, and how excited they were when this cd was released.

After seeing the video for "Triumph" a few times, I knew that The Wu were dope. I didn't realize it at the time, but "Triumph" actually changed my whole perspective of hip hop. To this day, I believe that this song is the best posse cut ever. Inspectah Dek and Method Man jump start this song with incredible back to back verses, and the beat is epic. I've heard this song hundreds of times, but I still get amped whenever it's playing. Everyone spits a good verse on this song, and the energy of the track is incredible.

"It's Yourz" is another classic. This is a great closing track for disc 1. Similar to "Triumph", this song has a lot of energy. It also has a great hook. This time it's The Rza and Inspectah Dek who lace the track with the most memorable verses.

A lot of people hate on this cd, but I don't understand why. Although "Wu-Tang Forever" is not anywhere near as raw as "36 Chambers", it is definitely more lyrical. I don't agree with all these filler complaints either. I have listened to both of these discs repetitively for nearly a decade, and the only tracks I skip aren't actual songs.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Material August 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First off, I must say that I was never a fan of rap and hip hop and still am not. I'm just a white, middle class, suburbinite. I must also add that I have deep respect for extremely talented expressions of artwork. That is where Wu-Tang's Forever comes into place. This 2 disc album is not even the best Wu-Tang album, 36 Chamber is, but this one still takes your breath away. The beats are like instrumental songs of their own, and the MC's crash perfectly in with them on the same level. Even the weakest of the Wu-Tang MC's are still much stronger than most lyricists these days. Inspectah Deck is just amazing. The lyrics and rhymes he writes are some of the best, if not the best ever. Rza keeps everything so much more powerful with his genius and revolutionary beats. Ghostface Killah shines throughout with his heart filled and high pitched vocals (especially seen in "Impossible"). Those are just a few, but everyone on these 2 discs deserves to be mentioned. All in all, anyone with a brain can listen to this and realize that the 9 men of the Wu-Tang Clan are extremely gifted artists and can at least be appreciated for that.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Revolution Will Be Heard July 22, 2001
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
Double rap albums are usually long-winded self-indulgent affairs. But then again, the Wu-Tang aren't your usual rap group. We're talking about the Wu-Tang Clan, a conglomeration of some of the best MCs to ever grace the microphone helmed by a producer of ingenious proportions - the RZA. Remember that irrefutable masterpiece Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) that came roaring out like of the underground, slashing and biting? It hit hard and quick - BAM, BAM, BAM! Like the grace and viciousness of martial art fighting, Wu-Tang Clan combined the mystique of sparse minimalist beats with savage lyricism. But while, Enter the Wu-Tang was characterized by guerilla style attacks, Wu-Tang Forever is the group's manifesto drawn out to epic scope, unfolding slowly like a sepia-toned cinematic tale of inner city life. In this, the group sacrifices impact for the overall effect. If it's one thing that Wu-Tang Forever suffers from, its over ambition. But you can hardly blame a group for such a fault. Criticize a rap artist for turning out a cheap cash-in, criticize a rap artist for stuffing a double album up to its neck in filler - but Wu-Tang Forever is neither. Wu-Tang Forever takes artistic chances with RZA fleshing out some of the most captivating soundscapes ever heard in the rap world. Look at the song "Reunited" - where violins wail gypsy-style changing tempo and building up into a climactic frenzy. It's classic Wu at its best. Lyrically, the entire album crackles with the same passionate furious energy of their debut album. Over the spread of four years, the group members have developed distinct personas and defined their rapping style. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Wu tang forever.
Wu tang clan is the greatest rap group in hip hop history. Period point blank no doubt about it. This group of 9 m. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ronald Mcteer
5.0 out of 5 stars top 10 all time greatest albums
Double CD. All bangers. Classic album. I originally bought this the day it dropped and I still bump it all the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lahav Asidon
5.0 out of 5 stars better than 36 Chambers
Lyrically this album is better than 36 Chambers in my opinion. Its almost prophetic, and has virtually no weak tracks. Very solid effort.
Published 2 months ago by Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu's Best LP is Forever
One Of The Classics in my book,Wu-Revolution!!! is one of the best along with Reunited!!!,For Heaven Sake!!!,Older Gods!!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Reunited, double LP, we're all excited.
The much anticipated second Wu album, released after the couple solo projects took off (which should also be checked out) in between this and the first album 36 chambers. Read more
Published 12 months ago by r
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu Tang Forever
Greatest work by the Wu Tang Clan and it's affiliates. Love it. I've bought this double cd 3 times and it "disappeared" twice.
Published 14 months ago by michael lane
4.0 out of 5 stars raucous
not of the exact same caliber as their first but good though. it's raw and powerful with mind blowing lyricism.
Published 16 months ago by AAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of The Vintage Wu!
Wu Tang clan in my opinion is the best collective in hip hop period. Their overall body of work including both as a group & solo are unmatched. Read more
Published 23 months ago by illstatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wutang Forever
This is the best Wutang CD from 1997. every member was at their best when it came to spittin bars! Best Ive ever heard.
Published on March 21, 2012 by Clientele6
4.0 out of 5 stars Ups and Downs on the 2nd Wu-Tang album
A lot of people compare this to their debut album and it's next to impossible to do that. "Wu-Tang Forever" has an altogether different sound and takes itself a lot more seriously. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
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Wu-Tang Clan whose the best to the worst?
None of the Wu are overrated. Some are underrated. But Meth, Ghost, RZA - totally worth their weight whether you understand them or not. Some lyrics may not be for you to understand. Doesn't mean that's a bad thing. They are still excellent. And Ghost is the master storyteller, not Rae. Chef is... Read more
Sep 29, 2012 by Glen |  See all 7 posts
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